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Mailbag: help finding a recording

January 4, 2006

Dear Michael:
First of all, I have to say that I have been a listener of your program for about four years now and I enjoy it immensely. It’s fantastic to hear quality organ literature on the radio—and on the internet! Please know that your efforts are appreciated by many, including of course myself.

Blast from the past: your program on 24 November, 2003 (Mass Appeal) began with a recording of the Kyrie from Vierne’s Messe Solenelle, with Cochereau playing at Notre Dame. I immediately fell in love with the piece, and have been hunting for that particular recording ever since. It seems, unfortunately, to be out of print, so to speak. I have purchased two other recordings and neither of them compare. Do you know where I might be able to find the particular recording used on the show?

I hope this isn’t too much of a long shot.

Keep up the excellent work!
Sincerely -
Tom Colao


Dear Tom:
I agree that the recording from Notre Dame Cathedral is in a class by itself, but some of the other available recordings are pretty good, too.

I did a search for the Cochereau CD on the Amazon.com website and came up with.

This is likely the disc, though they do not say much about it.

The label, FY-Solstice, in France has its own website, and the album definitely is available there. You likely could order it from them direct:

Since the disc is definitely in print, I am surprised that the Organ Historical Society catalog does not list it, but I could not find it on their website. You might contact them directly: tom@organsociety.org or 804-353-9226.

Good Luck.




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